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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of beertastegood
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle...

Appearance: Pitch black with tan head that lingered.

Smell: Outstanding...coffee/toffee overtones with a rich malt nose.

Taste: Immediate bitter coffee taste with a dry aftertaste. This is a little harsh. Not as smooth as some of the other oatmeals, such as Young's or McNeill's. It is, however, very unique and unquestionably an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: It's got a bite to it. Pretty "chewy".

Drinkability: In a word, no.

Not too bad of a brew. I think there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow - a beautiful looking beer. Pitch black witgh a nice tan leather head. Not much lacing but an attractive looking pint. Smell is a mild chocolate. Nice for a stout - not a very strong aroma but pleasant. The taste leaves a little to be desired, especially after the perfect pour and great aroma. Its very smooth but has a carbonated soda taste upfront whith a little coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is watery and light.
A very drinkable beer, these are made to be put back with abandon.

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Photo of EPseja
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: 1.5" generous head - tight retention. Medium sized bubbles all the way up, with tiny ones on top. Color is a very light tan/sand. Dark dark crimson when held up to light.

Smell: Very sweet, almost cola-like smell - reminiscent of a supersweet chocolate. Not really smoky. Cherry or chocolate twizzlers.

Taste: Full bodied, but cloyingly sweet for the style. Chocolate and candied malts. Bananas foster. Aftertaste reveals some roasted coffee roundness.

Mouthfeel: Medium - not smooth, not silky. Average.

Drinkability: Due to its over sweetness, this beer is only a one-pinter.

A good oatmeal stout, but I was expecting more from such a highly rated beer. I would rather spend the money on the Troeg's or Barney Flats!

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Photo of DrJay
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black, and completely opaque. Not even a hint of highlights at the edge of the glass. This was topped by a dense, creamy, light brown head that showed good retention and stickage.

Smell: Rich aroma with some sharpness from the hops and a bit of earthiness. Maltiness consisted of roasted, caramel, and mild chocolate.

Taste: The malty aromas are echoed in the flavour, but with a little less roasted (although dryness from the roasted barley is present) and a little bit of fruit. Bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and the hop character is on the earthy side. Overall, it starts crisp followed by chocolatey, malty sweetness and finishes with more bitterness and some nuttiness. Great!

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body, aided (I assume) by the oats without making it overly heavy or slick. The low carbonation is just about perfect -- tiny bubbles form in the beer during a sip and add to the velvety texture.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would certainly have another if given the opportunity. I could drink this all night. I'll definitely be looking for it again.

550 mL clear glass bottle. No freshness date.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a two-finger tan head. Very nice. The beer's aroma has the usual coffee and chocolate notes found in most stouts, but there's a also fairly major fruity presense that pulls it all together. Normally I'm not a fan of fruit flavors in beer, but I like it here. It's not overpowering, and it's a nice compliment to the slightly sweet character of the oats and the chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is very thick, just as an oatmeal stout should be. The finish could've used a little more bitterness, but it's not that bad. All things considered, this is a great beer. It's much more understated than Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, and I like it better that way.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a dark brown / dark burgandy color. Dense brown foamy head was long lived, as was the sweet floral like aroma mixed with dark chocolate. Taste was smooth and rich, with complex flavors of coffee, oats and chocolate. Slightly sweet aftertaste hang around for a bit longer than I would like, but none the less, it was enjoyable. A reasonably priced beer for those looking for a heavier brew. This is probably the definitive Oatmeal Stout that is widely available today. Recommended.

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty beverage.

It pours black with slight reddish highlights.
One can small Figs, dark fruits and smoke.
The taste has everything that you can smell but with the addition of nuts and anise. Quite a thick mouthfeel.

I'll definitely be getting more of these.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

50 cl. bottle pours a black fluid with a decent brown head. Has a malted chocolate and coffee smell. Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of dark roasted malts and sweet grain oatmeal. Very drinkable and tasty.
One of the best Stouts around before the Craft brew revolution and still good in this day and age.
Glad to know that some things don't change.

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Photo of malty
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. longneck claer galss bottle with gold foil around cap and neck. No freshness date.

Pours opaque brown-black with a beautiful beige head that starts fluffy and disipates slowly, but quickly rebuilds with a few swirls of the tasting glass.

Scent is wonderful - like fresh chocolate brownies right out of the oven. Notes of dark fruit covered in milk chocolate - mmmm.

The taste strongly reflects the scent - milk chocolate with a gentle roasted malts. That tell-tale Samuel Smith 'twang' (or 'stoney') flavor is apparent in this offering, but a bit attenuated compared to the Imperial Stout. Beautifully balanced and full flavored with the oat malt adding a good measure of sweetness. Nice juicy, semi-dry finish.

The body is Med-Full and is very delicate. Super silky & smooth, one of the finest mouthfeels of any bottled stout I've tried - very airy with super fine subdued carbonation.

Drinkability is up there mainly due to it's softness and smoothness, along with an avg. ABV.

What a delightful stout! A world classic. Very English tasting indeed. One word...Masterful.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a deep burgundy with a nice, tan head. Head leaves decent lacing and has good retention.

Smell: The smell is mainly chocolate and roasted nuts. The oats are very pleasent smelling, and not too strong.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a strong but smooth nutty flavor. The chocolate and coffee notes burst through at the end, balancing it all out very nicely. The flavors that are there, though not very complex, are of a high quality. The mouthfeel is slick and slimey.

Drinkability and Overall: This is the classic Oatmeal Stout. While far from the best, this is an easily enjoyed beer, most suitable for a spring evening. The flavor seems like it would go with dessert well. This is a must try on your "road to beer advocacy."

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Photo of beersarang
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is gorgeous. This beer is very dark and lets little light through. The tan head is creamy and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smells wonderful. The nose contains chocolate notes, with hints of coffee and possible a toffee like buttery smell.

Tastes exceptionally good. Rather malty, with the oatmeal and malts coming on strong and a very light alcohol character. The hops come in at the end but are only there to balance. For the style the hop bitterness is just right.

The true joy of this beer may be in the mouthfeel. This beer was so smooth and just thick enough. It was a pleasure to drink. The carbonation is not so high, but this beer is certainly not flat.

Quite drinkable, given the good flavor and the creamy moutfeel. I loved it.

Samuel Smith makes consistently good beers and I now believe that they are the best in England.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On par with Mcauslan's St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head.

A bit sweeter than I'm used to; noticeable buttery tasted that I've found runs through the three Samuel Smith brews I've tasted.

Overall very enjoayble; sadly I can only get this around Christmas time in the Samuel Smith gift box.

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Photo of Biggness
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is made with the finest ingridients and has the taste to prove it. This may be the smoothest beer I have ever tasted. Samuel Smiths beers are very pricey but it is not hard to figure out why after you have tasted it! This is a great started beer, but unless you are Bill Gates I would not suggest drinking this all night. Great novelty item beer, a god beer to oh and ah beer mates. Try it if you can afford it :)

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Photo of CVC
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came in a 18.7 oz. bottle with gold foil on the top; served in a pint glass. Pours black with a slow-dying, thick, tan, one-finger head, which leaves thick lacing. Smells great--chocolate, caramel, coffee, roastiness. Tastes better than any oatmeal than I've ever had. Exceptional. It has one of the best mouthfeels, too--nice and thick. So drinkable.

A damn fine beer all around. Samuel Smith's probably makes the best English beer. And the Oatmeal Stout is probably their best one. So good. Everyone should try this beer at least once.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a moderate tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving almost no lacing behind. It's a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma composed of molasses and licorice.

Tastes of roasted malts with a little sweet malt background, hints of coffe and old fashioned licorice. A nice hop bitterness and dry finish.

Good carbonation and medium to heavy body.

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Photo of Bones54
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark brown with a nice thick cream head that has exceptional retention and lacing. smells of malt, almost chocalety. The taste and mouthfeel are exceptional. It is as smooth as smooth can be, not all overpowering on the tastebuds, something that detracts me from some stouts. As far as drinkability goes, I say, "Yes, please. I'll have another, and then another, and maybe one more after that!"

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Photo of tweeder263
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice black beer with a big tan 3-4 finger head that lasts pretty good.Sweet fruity aroma thats quite pleasant.At first i wasnt sure about the taste of this beer,it was quite bitter ,but it may have been a bit too cold. As the beer warmed i really started liking it.Flavors are hard to pinpoint but definitely a nice coffee type in the background.Mouthfeel is just ok just a tad bit watery for a stout.A nice stout that ill be buying again.

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Photo of Crotor
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours *almost* black, with one finger of light tan, slightly dimpled head. Decent retention, no lacing.

Diacetyl apparent in the aroma, plus slight acrid roastiness, and some heavily carmelized toffee-sweetness.

As always with Sam Smith's brews, the diacetyl plays a big part in this beer - and I wouldn't have it any other way. A bit roasty and toffee sweet, this is like mild coffee with heaps of buttery brown sugar. There are definite layers to this flavor. The major components are a slightly acrid, roasty bitterness, offset by the buttery, diacetyl/molassas sweetness. A very nice war do they wage on your tongue. Also a bit earthy, and perhaps the slightest touch of candied fruit. Maybe it's the Yorkshire yeast, maybe it's the diacetyl, but there's always something about Sam Smith's beers that makes me think they'd pair nicely with venison.

Overall, I'm *very* pleasantly surprised with this beer. I don't think I'd had it since I was a wee beer novice, and now I'm cursing myself for waiting so long to try it again. I will definately be going back to this very soon.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an amazing beer. It pours a nice dark color. There was a very nice head which lasts for a long time. The small was of nice sweet malts. The mouthfeel was amazingly smooth, and the taste was exceptional. This is a stout which everyone must sample. Enjoy!

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Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a solid black with just a hint of red on the edges with a thick dark brown head. Smell was oaty goodness, chocolate, roasted malts, very inviting. Taste was more of the same, very good. It would have been a shame if this style had disappeared like it almost did. It has a very decadent creamy mouthfeel, similar to the Imperial Stout, but not as over-whelming. Drinking this all night would be a little bit much, but it is a great oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black, with a large tan, coffee colored head. Head recedes slowly and leaves behind thick lace.
Aroma is sweet, mocha, roasty, malty,fruity.
Flavor is sweet creamy, chocolaty coffee with a roasty bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is definitly smooth and silky, but also thick and chewy at the same time. Good stuff.
A little rich to drink more than one or two in a session, but you'll definately want to.

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Photo of helloloser12345
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 550ml clear bottle with gold leaf around the neck and cap.

Pour: Tan head, good retention with a small amount of tan head chunks left clinging to the side of the glass.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: Well roasted malts, spices and sweetness, slight amount of fruit esters.

Flavour: Rich and luxurious. Roasted malts. Toasted nuts (mainly almonds). Smooth and full mouth flavour with a thick, creamy texture. Leaves a very nice bitter twang at the back of the throat. (slight sherry aftertaste??? Can’t quite place it)

Overall: Truly incredible, a remarkable stout which is tremendously complex. Very rich and heavy, so I think it would be quite a task to drink more than 2 bottles of this stuff.

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Photo of pootz
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1/2 liter clear bottle. Pour reveals a dark black viscous ale with a tight pored mocha colored cap with great retention. Wonderful lacing. Nose fills with aromas of unsweetened chocolate, pine and some burnt toast. Wonderful thick, silky mouth feel....burnt cocoa, lactose, dried currents and figs, damp oak....wonderful complex body....finish is delightfully lingering where the smoothness of this ale is detected...no shrarp edges (acidic charred grain presence in some stouts) the oatmeal does it’s trick in the finish giving an impression of thick cream and tart cocoa. An oatmeal stout to be savored.

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Photo of Higravity
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this again after many years and it is still the same which is nice. Being a SS product I agian taste metals in the beer, but maybe that is just me. The color it pours is black comprised of red, looking though at the right angle shows the beers color of ruby so dark it becomes black. It makes sense as the stout is just a built up amber and this beer is a near perfect in color in my eye. The nose is a little lacking as the malt seems subdued, but there is a presences of earth roastedness and chocolate oats that escape. This has a great feel in the mouth of silky oat protiens that carry a roast bitterness that is delightful, still this beer has a metalic aftertaste that I couldn't seem to shake. It left lace all the way down my glass, it would be hard to make a better mild oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A mixture of every color except black. The aroma is deep yet mild. A subtle perfume of chocolate, vanilla, pit fruit, milk, wet leaves and currants. I love the creamy texture and the suprising full body. Rich, deep malts, nice chocolate, coffee, minimal but identifiable sourness and a nice pleasing hop bitterness on the finish. A lovely brew.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.